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By ATWadmin On October 9th, 2008 at 8:01 am

Isn’t it a disgrace market trader was convicted yesterday of selling fruit and
vegetables using imperial measures – even though the EU says it should
not be an offence. This is how the EU operates and how British officials gleefully run with it all…

Metric martyr Janet Devers said she had been made a ‘scapegoat’ after being sentenced for
selling goods on her market stall in pounds rather than kilos. The
mother of two fought back tears as she was ordered by magistrates to
pay almost £5,000 in costs and told she would have a criminal record
after being found guilty of eight offences under the Weights and
Measures Act.

As part of the landmark case, the greengrocer was also convicted of
selling vegetables for £1 a bowl rather than counting them out
individually – a practice commonplace amongst Britain’s 40,000 market
traders who use bowls to help customers baffled by grams and kilograms. Now the pensioner, from Wanstead, East London, faces
financial ruin as the costs of fighting the case could see her lose her
market stall in nearby Dalston. It has been in the family
for more than 60 years since her mother Irene Hunt became one of the
first woman to run a stall in the East End during the Blitz. The
verdict, which has outraged campaigners, comes a year after EU said it
would no longer force Britain to adopt the metric system of weights and


By ATWadmin On October 7th, 2008 at 7:36 am

Interesting to see the European Union being put under the crucible of financial scrutiny as the individual nations do their own thing to protect their own interests at this time of economic crisis. In essence, it’s every Nation State for itself, much to the chagrin of the Europhiles.

Talk of European “unity” has been undermined by the unwillingness of
Britain and Germany to take part in some form of overall, EU-wide banking
rescue programme. At the same time, there are constant fears that “beggar-my-neighbour”
actions taken by individual governments might pull a shrinking financial
blanket – in the form of billions of euros in private savings – away from
other countries.

M. Sarkozy was incandescent last week when Berlin torpedoed Dutch and French
ideas for an EU-wide rescue package, even before they had been formally
tabled. Berlin said at the time that it did not approve of grand,
taxpayer-funded rescue plans, only action to cope with problems at
individual banks.

Naturally, there are those who are prepared to use this crisis to try and argue for even deeper European political unity. The straw-man being thrown up at the moment is that of the EU was the same as the US – one economic and political system – then collective action would be easier! Laughable stuff indeed – but indicative of the mindset that prevails in Brussels.

Seperate Nations, Seperate Solutions

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 9:56 am

Leaders of Britain, Germany and Italy joined the French president at a hastily called summit in Paris to discuss the financial crisis facing Europe.

But Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and Silvio Berlusconi all had very different agendas when they sat down to talk together – not least because the crisis has affected each of their countries differently

Who’d have thought that? Who’d have thought that different nations, with different national stories, distinct cultures, different governmental, judicial and administrative systems, different currencies and diversely structured economies would have found the troubles affecting them differently.

Golly gosh!

It rather undermines the case for a pan-EU solution to what are particular local factors. Since they’re also admitting that one-size-does-not-fit-all, it weakens the very case for the EU.


By ATWadmin On October 3rd, 2008 at 8:42 am

First Ireland, now Greece. We are watching the EU suffer a convulsion as politicians do that which comes naturally – cover their own backs from an angry electorate.

“Europe’s dispute over how to protect the banking sector from the
financial crisis deepened yesterday when Greece joined Ireland in
offering to guarantee savings in domestic banks.

Alogoskoufis, the Greek finance minister, said deposits “in all banks
that operate in Greece” would be “absolutely guaranteed”, amid signs
that savers were becoming restless. The move by a second
eurozone country presented a big challenge to European leaders meeting
at an emergency summit tomorrow in Paris to hammer out a coordinated
response to the threat of meltdown among European banks.

move, which passed through parliament after 30 hours of debate, amounts
to a €440bn (£313bn) underwriting exercise that has been criticised as
anti-competitive. The European commission has said it is not yet clear
whether the Irish move is legal. Market experts said there was growing
concern of a rift between those guaranteeing their banks and those
refusing to write blank cheques.”

Look – I don’t blame the Irish of the Greeks. They are trying to sustain confidence in THEIR banking systems, to ensure that cash does not haemorrhage from them. However the EU thinks that IT should be in control and so we now see the predictable national self-interest versus supranational EU control freakery that lies (and boy does it lie) at the heart of the entire European project. How would Irish people feel if they see the decision by their government to protect their savings declared illegal? Wonder would that impact at all in any looming Euro-constitution referendum re-run? 😉


By ATWadmin On September 29th, 2008 at 8:05 am

Interesting to read that there has been some seismic electoral results in Austria.

The two parties that campaigned on an anti-immigrant and anti-European Union
ticket have captured about 29 per cent of the vote, pushing the country’s
traditional conservative party into third place. Heinz-Christian Strache and his Freedom Party, who were accused of xenophobia
and waging an anti-Muslim campaign, won 18 per cent — a rise of 7 per cent
compared with the last elections. Mr Strache’s former mentor, Jörg Haider,
won 11 per cent of the vote with his new party, the Alliance for the Future
of Austria. The mainstream parties recorded their lowest share of the vote since the
Second World War, with the Social Democrats dropping 7 per cent to 29.7 per
cent, while the conservative People’s Party won 25.6 per cent of the vote —
a decline of 9 per cent compared with 2006.

It is fascinating to see the European electorate slowly waken up to the existential threat posed by Islam, even as the political elite go into denial. I am not sure why it is xenophobic to express objection to the toxin of unassimilated Islam being injected into one’s society. I believe other European nations have similar groundswells of popular opinion and how this can be contained by the Euro-dhimmi class should prove interesting to watch! Today Vienna – but it’s on a roll.


By ATWadmin On September 25th, 2008 at 8:04 am

At a time when fuel costs have never been higher, you can count on the EU to do the wrong thing.

“Drivers face paying up to £160 a year more for fuel because of an EU directive forcing them to keep their headlamps on all day. The European Commission wants all new passenger cars and vans to have lights that stay on while the engine is running. It is estimated that this will increase fuel consumption by around 5 per cent.”!

Well, what could be fairer than that then?

Don’t the EU realise that many cars already have the technology built into them to put the lights on when light levels fall to a certain level? Why the need for such a draconian move? It’s because the Scandanavian countries have had such legislation for years and they are now pushing it through onto the rest of us. There is no need for this, it is costly, environmentally unfriendly, and all in all, a complete waste of time. As I say, it’s what the EU is for!!!


By ATWadmin On September 5th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Did you read that Euro politicians want TV regulators in the EU to set guidelines which would see
the end of anything deemed to portray women as sex objects or reinforce
gender stereotypes.

This could potentially mean an end to attractive women advertising perfume, housewives in the kitchen or men doing DIY. Such
classic adverts as the Diet Coke commercial featuring the bare-chested
builder, or Wonderbra’s “Hello Boys” featuring model Eva Herzigova
would have been banned.

The new rules come in a report by the EU’s women’s rights committee. (Where else, sigh?) Swedish
MEP Eva-Britt Svensson urged Britain and other members to use existing
equality, sexism and discrimination laws to control advertising. She
wants regulatory bodies set up to monitor ads and introduce a
“zero-tolerance” policy against “sexist insults or degrading images”.

No doubt we will be told this cannot happen but this is exactly the sort of worthless exercise that the EU excels at. So, before the ban comes in,  I give you Ms Herzigova’s finest hour. And to hell with the EU.  


By ATWadmin On September 2nd, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has welcomed as “realistic” an EU decision not to impose sanctions on his country over its recent invasion of Georgia.  But Mr Medvedev said it was “sad” that the EU, which held a crisis summit, still did not understand what motivated Russia into sending in troops. Don’t be too sad, Mr President. You see the bunch of gutless cowards that run the EU understand only too well what motivates Russia and they FEAR it. That is why they abandon Georgia and any other independent nation that Russia seeks to “liberate”in the near future.  The EU knows that without Russian energy, it will freeze and that is why its heart has already grown cold to the menace posed by imperial Russia in 2008.


By ATWadmin On August 15th, 2008 at 8:17 am

Interesting to see that the spectre of recession is looming over the eurozone after the economy in the
15-country region shrank for the first time since the single currency was
introduced nearly a decade ago.

Eurozone output contracted by 0.2 per cent in the three months to June, after
a 0.7 per cent rise in the first quarter, official figures showed.Activity was dragged down by falling gross domestic product in the area’s
traditional economic mainstays of Germany, France and Italy as consumers and
businesses struggled with the soaring cost of fuel and energy. A drop in exports because of weaker demand and the recent strong euro also
curbed growth, which slowed from 2.1 per cent to 1.5 per cent on an annual
basis. If output falls again in the next quarter, the eurozone will be in
technical recession. A recession is defined as two quarters of contraction.Jennifer McKeown, European economist for Capital Economics, was even more
downbeat. “It looks likely that the eurozone will be the first major economy
to enter recession,” she said.

But not all countries in the Eurozone are in the same economic condition, and so the question becomes one of how to best help each indiviudal nation when in fact there is only one economic club the ECB can use? If interests rates are cut, will already rising inflation surge ahead further? What impact will this have on wage demands and the various national agreements in place between organised Labour and the State? It’s going to interesting watching….


By ATWadmin On August 9th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

As the Russian bear goes about the business of killing thousands in Georgia, I found this post over on The Tap Blog to be very interesting.

“Those watching Russian tanks and jets attacking Georgian targets in South Ossetia and other parts of Georgia should remember that it was the EU’s recognition and support of Kosovan independence which triggered this eruption of open warfare. Putin stated that he would not sit idly by if the EU pressed ahead with its EULEX in Kosovo, and that he would make a military response if they did. He said that if the ‘West’ thought the break-up of countries could be initiated, then he too would feel able to promote similar ‘secessions’ to Kosovo, where Russia desired such an outcome.

The tensions in South Ossetia and the deployment of Russian peace-keepers began in February, according to the Guardian HERE and were a direct result of the actions of the EU in Kosovo. The link has an excellent video news report from an ‘on-the-ground’ reporter, which I recommend.

The EU is sufficiently arrogant to go about breaking up Serbia in defiance of Russia, acting as if in the role of a superpower, and yet it has no army to back up its political actions. The EU not only ignores the democratic decisions of the peoples it purports to rule. It is extremely dangerous in another way – as it also ignores the strategic realities of the word, and doesn’t understand that there have to be limits to its power and actions.  Ignoring the views and expressed wishes of its own citizens is one thing, but ignoring those who possess military power and have expressed a willingness to use it, such as Prime Minister Putin, is downright folly – folly which has more instant response.

I don’t believe America wants a war with Russia, and there is no doubt that the EU will be pulling up the white flags in Brussels as soon as one shot is fired in Georgia. The hopelessness of the EU talking big and trying to push Russia around in its former territories is now becoming apparent.”